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We start out with good intentions, but as the day wears on, so does our posture. From sitting at our desk, standing in line at the grocery store, sitting while we’re driving or walking from the car to the house. How can we improve our posture?
It’s never too late to work on your posture! Before working on improving posture, Rachel Kermen, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at NorthShore, suggests assessing your posture.
Find a full-length mirror, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and relax. Look at how you naturally stand from the front and side. This will help you see where you need to better your posture. Your ears should be midpoint of your shoulder, not too far forward. If you see shoulder blades, that means your back is rounded too much. Your shoulders should also be at the same level, one not higher than the other. Mind your hips, if they tilt forward a bit you’ll see a small belly pooch form. Your feet should be pointing straight ahead.
To better your posture, Dr. Kermen offers these tips:
If you are not sure where to start or begin to experience any back pain, consult with your physician.
What have you done to better your posture?